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Hospital for Sick Children, The
SickKids' nursing staff pose in the hospital's atrium

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Hospital for Sick Children, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • SickKids is committed to creating a healthy work environment through it's wellness program, which includes weekly massage therapy for clinical staff, walking and running clubs, monthly lunch and learn wellness seminars and subsidized access to the hospital's 2,400 square-foot staff wellness centre, which features a fitness studio, cardio and weight equipment and a number of fitness classes such as bootcamp, Pilates and yoga
  • SickKids invests in ongoing training and development internally and within the broader community, hosting over 100 conferences each year and ensuring the availability of a number of in-house training and development programs such as KidTALKs, live discussions facilitated by SickKids experts
  • SickKids helps employees plan for the future with pension and retirement sessions offered throughout the year, and recently launched a new online pension centre to provide employees with a more convenient user experience -- also keeps retirees connected through the Quarter Century Association
SickKids employees working at the hospital's Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning have access to a communal quiet room promoting employee relaxation

Employer Background

Industry Specialty Hospital
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,467
Part-time employees in Canada 664
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 23.1%
Average age of employees in Canada 40.65
Longest serving employee 55.6 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the hospital's downtown campus consists of several buildings that are linked together, SickKids' flagship building features an architecturally award-winning atrium that is home to garden terraces and patient care areas all set in an environment of natural light, LEED Gold certified Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, year-round farmers' market, Terrace Cafe, which focuses on Ontario dishes and healthy options, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, food court area with Subway, Sushi Express, Pastabilities, Soup it UP, 24 hour Starbucks and Tim Horton's coffee shops
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, spinning), weights, shower facilities, walking and running clubs, nutritional training, wellness seminars, weekly massages for clinical unit employees
Other nearby amenities SickKids Wellness Centre, fitness club, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Centre, Nathan Phillips Square

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events staff barbecue, holiday dinner, scientific retreat for Research Institute staff, long service recognition celebrations
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Open Forum, which allows employees to ask questions and hear directly from the leadership team, an online idea management tool called "Wikidea"

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note SickKids has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 18 hours per week
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), mental health strategy, to help maintain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,400 per lifetime
Family-friendly benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information depending on employee group, some employees receive maternity and parental leave top-up of 93% of salary for up to 27 weeks and parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents of 93% of salary for up to 12 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note SickKids has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information depending on their grouping, employees receive 2 to 4 weeks of paid vacation to start

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs Research Training Centre, knowledge exchange forum, KidTALKs (live discussions facilitated by SickKids experts), Career Night for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates to meet and network

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 6 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Herbie Fund, Heart and Stroke Foundation
Community highlight SickKids' charitable focus includes paediatric health, research and education and supporting the local community. The organization's Volunteer Resources team processes over 1,000 new and returning volunteers each year, with up to 1,500 active volunteers support SickKids patients, their families and staff at any given time. The hospital also maintains a strong charitable focus on extending its expertise to help people with little access to healthcare services. In one notable international initiative, SickKids and its employees share their expertise through the Ghana-SickKids Paediatric Nursing Training Programme, with a goal to train up to 1,500 nurses by 2025 in the West African country.

The Career Directory

Hospital for Sick Children, The has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
SickKids' nursing staff pose in the hospital's atrium

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Specialty Hospital
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,487
Part-time employees in Canada 680
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Assistant Research Technologist, Clinical Research Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Help Desk Analyst, Human Resources Associate, Information Technology Trainee, Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Technician, Orthopaedic Technician, Patient Information Clerk, Pharmacy Technician, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant, Registration Clerk
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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